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Paracetamol, Guaifenesin, Phenylephrine
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you take this medicine because it contains
important information you need to know.
This medicine is available without prescription, however, you still need to use this
product carefully to get the best results from it. Keep this leaflet as you may need to
read it again. Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.

1) What is this medicine and what is it used for?
This medicine contains:
• paracetamol which is a pain reliever (analgesic) and helps reduce your temperature
when you have a fever
• guaifenesin which is an expectorant to help loosen phlegm
• phenylephrine which is a decongestant to reduce swelling in the passages of the
nose to help you breathe more easily.
These sachets are used for the relief of the symptoms of colds and flu and the pain and
congestion of sinusitis, including aches and pains, headache, blocked nose and sore
throat, chills and feverishness (high temperature). They can also loosen stubborn
mucus (phlegm) and provide relief from chesty coughs.

2) Is this medicine suitable for you?
Do not take this medicine if you:
• are allergic to paracetamol, guaifenesin, phenylephrine or any of the other
• have a serious heart condition or cardiovascular disorder(s)
• have high blood pressure (hypertension)
• have diabetes
• have an overactive thyroid
• have glaucoma
• have difficulty passing urine, an enlarged prostate or other prostate problems
• have phaeochromocytoma (a rare tumour of adrenal gland tissue)
• suffer from liver or kidney problems
• have porphyria, which is a type of blood disorder that causes skin or nervous system
• are pregnant or breastfeeding
• are taking tricyclic antidepressants such as imipramine or amitriptyline

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• are taking antidepressant drugs called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s), or
have taken them within the last 14 days - these are medicines such as phenelzine,
isocarboxazid and tranylcypromine
• are currently taking other decongestant drugs (e.g. ephedrine and xylometazoline) or
stimulants (e.g. dexamfetamine).
Please see your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you:
• suffer from alcoholic liver disease or alcohol dependence
• have circulatory disorders such as a condition called Raynaud’s Phenomenon, which
results from poor circulation in the fingers and toes
• have angina
• have an intolerance to some sugars
• suffer with phenylketonuria, a rare, inherited metabolic disorder.
If you are taking any of the following medicines please see your doctor:
• medicines to treat high cholesterol levels which reduce the amount of fat in the
blood such as colestyramine
• medicines to control feeling sick or being sick such as metoclopramide or
• medicines called anti-coagulants, which are used to thin the blood such as warfarin
or other coumarins – you may take occasional doses of paracetamol but should
consult your doctor if you need to take it on a regular basis
• barbiturates (for epilepsy or to help you sleep), such as phenobarbitones
• medicines to treat heart or circulatory problems, or to lower blood pressure, (e.g.
digoxin, guanethidine, reserpine, methyldopa)
• beta blockers (e.g. atenolol) or vasodilators (e.g. hydralazine)
• phenothiazines used as sedatives (e.g. chlorpromazine, pericyazine and
• if you are going to have a general anaesthetic, as this may cause changes in heart
Contains paracetamol.
Do not take anything else containing paracetamol while taking this medicine.
Other important information:
Do not drink alcohol (beer, wine, spirits etc) while taking this product.
If you are taking medication, or are under medical care, consult your doctor before
using this medicine. Do not take with other flu, cold or decongestant products.
Long term use of this product is not recommended.

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Information about some of the ingredients in this medicine:
Contains 2 g sucrose (sugar) per sachet. If you have been told by your doctor that
you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this
medicinal product.
Contains aspartame (E951), a source of phenylalanine equivalent to 17 mg per
sachet. May be harmful for people with phenylketonuria.
Each sachet contains 117 mg sodium. To be taken into consideration by patients on
a controlled sodium diet.

3) How to take this medicine

For oral use. Pour the contents of 1 sachet into a standard mug. Fill the mug to below
the brim with approximately 250 ml (8 fluid oz) of hot, but not boiling, water. Stir
until dissolved, and allow to cool to a drinkable temperature.
Adults, the elderly and children 12 years and over:
1 sachet every 4 hours, as required. Do not take more than 4 sachets (4 doses) in any
24 hour period.
Do not give to children under 12 years.
Do not take more medicine than the label tells you to. If you do not get better,
talk to your doctor.
Talk to a doctor at once if you take too much of this medicine even if you feel
well. This is because too much paracetamol can cause delayed, serious liver
damage. Go to your nearest hospital casualty department. Take your medicine and
this leaflet with you.

4) Possible side effects

Most people do not have any side effects while taking this medicine. However, if you
experience any of the following side effects, or anything else unusual happens, stop
taking the medicine immediately, and see your doctor or pharmacist:
• allergic reactions which may be severe such as skin rash, peeling of the skin,
itching, swollen red areas of the skin, sometimes with shortness of breath or
swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, throat or face.
Very rare cases of serious skin reactions have been reported.
• breathing problems, these are more likely if you have experienced them before
when taking other painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen
• stomach upsets, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
• tingling or coolness of the skin
• a faster or slower heart beat
• difficulty sleeping (insomnia)

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nervousness or tremors
a rise in blood pressure with headache, and irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
dizziness, headache
anxiety, irritability
problems or pain passing water
eye disorders
pins and needles and cold feelings in your extremities.

You may become more prone to bleeding, bruising, fever and infections such as sore
throat and ulcers, due to changes in your blood.
If you have previously experienced an allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) when taking
decongestants, appetite suppressant and stimulants, you may be at increased risk of
developing an allergic reaction when taking this product.
Reporting Side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly
via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this

5) How to store your medicine
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and sachet.
The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
Do not store above 25ºC.

6) What is in this medicine?

Each 5.2 g sachet of off-white powder, taken as a hot drink, contains the active
ingredients: paracetamol 1000 mg, guaifenesin 200 mg and phenylephrine
hydrochloride 12.2 mg.
The other ingredients are: sucrose, citric acid, tartaric acid, sodium citrate, acesulfame
potassium (E950), aspartame (E951), powdered menthol flavour, lemon flavour and
the colour quinoline yellow (E104).
This product is available in pack sizes of 5 or 10 sachets.

7) Who makes this medicine?

The Marketing Authorisation holder and manufacturer is Wrafton Laboratories
Limited, Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL, UK.

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Text Revised: October, 2014
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